As we head well and truely into the festival season, L.E.D returned for its second installment at Victoria Park in London with L.E.D presents deadmau5 Live.
After selling out shows all over the world and more recently becoming the first electronic artist to sell out London's Earls Court in December 2010, we expected a mammoth crowd to grace the grounds of Victoria Park to see the DJ who doesnt like to be called a DJ, deadmau5.
We stroll into Victoria Park around 3pm to the sounds of Retro/Grade who have taken to the Main Stage. Immediately we head to the Let's Go Crazy Arena to check out one of D&B's finest acts Netsky and MC:AD. If its was ear ringing D&B you wanted to hear, then this was the arena for you! The speakers were smashing out the sounds from Netsky, Skrillex, Modestep, DJ Hype and all the other DJ's in this arena. As we walked around the crowd, the amount of energy in this arena was insane, the D&B massive was definetly representing.
As 4pm approached, we headed back to the main stage to see Skrillex, label mate of deadmau5 on mau5trap records. An extremely talented young man, Skrillex is a electro / dub-step producer, he is welcomed to the stage with large applause from the crowd. His DJ set is full of head banging tunes, and with microphone in hand, Skrillex announces that "London is my second home and I f*ckin love it here"
With the sun well and truely shining, the grass crisp and dry, Radio 1's Zane Lowe is next to send the main stage crowd into euphoria. Zane has a massive presence on the stage, his DJ skills and crowd pleasing ability is second to none and he plays a huge mix of music in his sets. Zane really does know how to whip a crowd into shape!
Having just released his new single Bounce, Calvin Harris is next to take to the main stage before the main event. Calvin takes it straight to the L.E.D crowd with his massive hands in the air anthem I'm Not Alone. Everytime I have seen Calvin he never disappoints, his sets are consistently brilliant with the right amount of electo-pop numbers to please the crowd, a number of them his own productions!
For those that do not know, deadmau5 is full on techie, his shows and music are created using cutting edge technology and are constantly pushing the boundries. His current setup consists of a mind-blowing led cube and his iconic led mousehead. Being a tech-head myself, its amazing to see how Joel brings his show together using the latest tech.
With the Lets Go Crazy arena closed, the main stage area packs out with about 25,000 fans who have been here most of the day to see deadmau5. As the music fades, deadmau5 runs to the front of the stage in a ghost outfit before taking his place at the top of the famous cube structure that has been a part of his shows for about a year now.
Starting out with the uplifting "Some Chords", deadmau5 knows how to gear up the crowd, and we expected the next 90 minutes would follow suit.
Moving out of sight for a minute, deadmau5 returns to the Cube with his famous LED mousehead! As he takes us through his musical journey, his mouse head lights up with all sorts of images. The visual spectical of deadmau5's shows are amazing, with a massive L.E.D backdrop as well as the full blown cube and mouse head, no expense is spared when it comes to putting on this production.
Needing no introduction onto the stage, we hear the build up of one of the tunes I was most waiting to hear, "Sofi Needs a Ladder" starts to arise from within the speakers, and as the beat kicks, Sofi comes out and there is a massive roar in the crowd. Struting her dance moves in front of the cube, Sofi makes her way down the catwalk to take it to the waiting crowd. Sofi sounds just as good live as she does on the album!
deadmau5's live shows never disappoint, and as with last year at Earls Court, this was another stormer of a show, once again showcasing why deadmau5 is one of the most in-demand electronic artists in the world. I dont suspect it will take long to see him back in London again very soon.
We very much look forward to see what L.E.D has in store for us next summer!
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